Phil Jupitus: Far from home

Ah how I love the non tiered, close together seating and subterranean temperatures of Max Watt’s. This is where Phil Jupitus is performing one of only three gigs at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Hailing from the UK, Jupitus is more typically seen on British panel shows than touring live stand up. Tonight he has attracted a crowd from the generations of my parents, … Continue reading Phil Jupitus: Far from home

Kit Goodman! A Good Man: A good man is hard to find

For the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, MUDCRABS (the Melbourne University Comedy Revue Board) have produced one of their most entertaining shows yet. Kit Goodman! A Good Man, written and directed by Emily White and playing at the University’s Guild Theatre, is a fast-paced, funny and smart take on the traditionally male-dominated detective genre, complete with sex, violence, drag, and PTV. In the show Tombi Lloyd … Continue reading Kit Goodman! A Good Man: A good man is hard to find

Rhys Nicholson: Nice jokes, Nice delivery, Nice content

Going to Rhys Nicholson has become somewhat of a tradition for my Mum and I. As we peruse the thick catalogue of shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival each year, he is one of the few acts that has remained on our list. That is, until this year when Mum decided she didn’t want to make the pilgrimage out to the city to see … Continue reading Rhys Nicholson: Nice jokes, Nice delivery, Nice content

Twenties: Sketch a Cut Above the Rest

I heard rave reviews about this show when it was being performed back in 2017, but never got around to seeing it. Now Ella Kamer and Jake Glanc have reincarnated their sketch show for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Twenties is exactly what the name suggests; an abstract exploration of what it’s like to leave university and enter the working world. It is a … Continue reading Twenties: Sketch a Cut Above the Rest

The Flick: Ushering in a New Era

The University of Melbourne’s newest theatre company, Melbourne Uni Modern Theatre, couldn’t have chosen a stronger play through which to make their debut. Annie Baker’s The Flick, awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is funny, smart and deceptively deep, chronicling the workdays-and-nights of two ushers and a projectionist at a suburban cinema in Massachusetts. Such playwriting prowess requires equally strong direction, admirably provided by Arthur … Continue reading The Flick: Ushering in a New Era

Stark and Dormy: Puppets with Character

On a Stark and Dormy night in the tower of the Malthouse Theatre, strange happenings are afoot. The lights flicker and the wind howls (via playback), as the characters of Bunk Puppets’ sci-fi thriller are brought to life on stage by Christian Bagin and James Pratt. The production combines shadow puppetry and live-action characters to tell the story of Fox’s Family Fun Park, a theme … Continue reading Stark and Dormy: Puppets with Character

Tom Ballard: Just Can’t Get Enough

Tom Ballard’s Enough, directed by Bob Franklin and staged at the Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, is at its heart an opportunity to explore. And when I say explore I really mean scream into the void at the smorgasbord of imminent personal, national and global crises facing millennials today. Now, if there’s one thing I loathe watching, it’s an … Continue reading Tom Ballard: Just Can’t Get Enough